3 rules to help you build a successful business | The Way We Work, a TED series

Important Vocabulary Words From The Video


When you say that something is firsthand, you mean that you experienced it yourself. This is different from saying that something is reported or told to you.

  • The experience was firsthand, and it was very unpleasant.
  • The report was firsthand, and it included all of the details.

A multimillionaire is someone who has a million or more dollars in their bank account. This means that they are very wealthy.

  • The multimillionaire bought the house for a multimillion dollar.
  • The multimillionaire won the lottery, which made her a multimillionaire.

Unattainable means that it is impossible or very difficult to achieve. When you say that something is unattainable, you are usually describing it in a negative way.

  • The goal of the game was to be the first team to get their flag to the other side of the field, but it was an unattainable goal.
  • The team was trying to reach the unattainable goal of winning the championship.

To be immersed in something is to be completely surrounded by it. You can be immersed in a bathtub, a pool, or the ocean.

  • She was so immersed in the book that she didn't notice the thief until it was too late.
  • The students were so immersed in the lesson that they didn't hear the alarm go off.

Haircare is the process of taking care of your hair. This might include washing it, styling it, and protecting it from the sun and weather.

  • She usually does her hair and makeup for work, so she needs to do some haircare too.
  • She always takes the time to do her hair and makeup well, because she knows that it's important for her haircare.

A mariachi band is a group of musicians who play traditional Mexican music. They often wear traditional Mexican clothing and makeup, and they play on traditional Mexican instruments.

  • The mariachi band was playing traditional Mexican music for the wedding.
  • The mariachi band played a variety of traditional Mexican songs at the party.

A playbook is a set of instructions that a player or team can use during a game. It contains all of the information that the player or team needs to know in order to play the game well.

  • The coach prepared a playbook for the game.
  • The team was using their playbook to plan their strategy.

Uncomfortable means that you are not happy or satisfied with the situation. When you are uneasy, you are not at ease or calm.

  • He was uneasy about going out with such a sketchy group.
  • She was uneasy about going to the party, but she decided to go anyway.